Saturday, October 13, 2012

sweet potato meatloaf

Amen and hallelujah... this is one of my favorite recipes I've ever created. I was giddy this morning knowing I was going to share this recipe with you. It's SO easy, it's so inexpensive, it's BEYOND delicious and it's way healthier than your regular old meatloaf. James told me to tell you that it's a great meal to serve a guy who likes "man food" while trying to help him be healthier. ;) Such a good man, my husband. But seriously, we were enjoying every bite better than the last... and then we had the leftovers for dinner the next night... it might have been even better after having sat in the fridge overnight. Let's get started...


  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey... we used beef.
  • 1 large sweet potato, we used a big Georgia Jet and it was awesome, such good flavor.
  • 1/2 cup almond meal... makes the flavor and consistency SO good and moist, highly recommend it, go get it at Trader Joe's if you don't have any
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon plus extra black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, place your sweet potato on a baking sheet and let it bake for as long as it takes to get soft, mine was HUGE and took almost an hour, but a regular sweet potato should only take 30 minutes. When it's done, turn your oven back to 350 degrees. While the potato is baking, let's get your meatloaf mixture started.
In a large mixing bowl, combine your almond flour with all your dry ingredients. Toss in the minced garlic. Add extra pepper beyond what you think. Makes it so tasty.
Finely, finely, finely chop your onion... I think it's so bizarre crunching into a big piece of onion in the midst of a perfectly balanced bite. Toss it in the mixture and start adding the rest of the ingredients, except the meat and egg.
Once that's all well mixed, let's add in your sweet potato, without the skin, ground beef and egg.
so sorry this photo is disgusting.

Once you've really mixed it up well, spread it all into a lightly olive oiled loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Once the meat is browned and there's a bit of bubbly liquid on top, you're good to go!
Set your table with some homemade gravy, brown sugar (even though it's DEFINITELY not necessary, it looks pretty) and candlelight... you're golden! We served a chilled black bean, rice and kale salad on the side to break up a little of the sweet warmth and it was delicious. Maybe I'll post that recipe next...?

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did... I'm seriously considering making it again tomorrow, but adding in stewed carrots and baby bok choy... we'll see! But stay tuned.. the really great recipe coming up next is this...
AHHH! Dying to share! must. wait. til. monday.

Lots of love...

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